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Manufacured Miniatures
March 30, 2008, 1:39 pm
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The fabulous art of fake tilt-shifting

As a child, I visited the Miniature World Museum in Victoria, British Columbia where I remember being completely blown away by the fabulous sprawl of mini-scapes, a giant Gulliver in the land of Lilliput.

Over the last year or so I have seen more and more people posting their experiments with fake tilt-shift photography. The resulting images are just so cool, a great bit of brain trickery, imitating those mini worlds that I loved so much as a kid.

Key West Tilt Shift by Bob Reck
A great fake miniature photo of a resort in Key West, Florida by Bob Reck
True tilt-shifting was done on the old large format cameras where a “sweet spot” of focus could be created by moving the front glass element. With the amazing photo-manipulation programs available these days, a similar effect can be created using a variety of techniques including: distortion, blurring, contrast, hard shadows, color saturation and gradient map editing.
The goal is to simulate the effect of photographing a miniature; imitating the shallow depth of field usually encountered with macro lenses (which are used to shoot small stuff.) The result is a scene that seems much smaller than it actually is.

tilt shift Model kitchen  by philipyktilt shift toronto gas station by John Ehmann

Check out this “doll house” kitchen by philipyk and gas station by John Ehmann

For a couple of Photoshop tutorials on faking miniatures check here and here.